How it Happened
Becca Rogers and Caitlin Kennedy combined to throw Rhode Island's first shutout in nearly three years as the Rams blanked Sacred Heart 3-0 in the first game of the Liberty Softball Classic Friday morning.
The win was the third straight for Rhode Island (6-7), which has already doubled its win total from last season. The last time the Rams shut an opponent out was April 9, 2013, when Rhody blanked Brown in both ends of a doubleheader.
Rogers (4-3) won her second straight start as she pitched the first 5.2 innings. Kennedy came on with two out and two runners on in the top of the sixth inning and retired the first batter she faced to end the threat. In the top of the seventh, Kennedy induced a double play
Rhode Island scored two runs in the bottom of the third. Danielle Gariglio singled and came around to score when Paige Julich drilled a two-out double to the gap in left center. Jenna Cubello followed with a single to drive in Julich.
The Rams manufactured a run in the next frame as well. Lauren Klepchick and Madi Housel drew back-to-back walks with one out. After a fly out, Gariglio hit a grounder to first base that was misplayed, allowing Klepchick to come around from second base with an insurance run.
Sacred Heart (4-10) had seven hits in the game, but the Pioneers never got a runner past second base.
Inside the Box Score:
- Becca Rogers has thrown 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings, and she has allowed just three run over her last 17.2 innings of work.
- Caitlin Kennedy recorded her third save of the season and the fourth save of her career. She joined Kathy Regan (1991-94) as the only Rhode Island pitchers ever with four career saves.
- Danielle Gariglio singled twice and scored the first run of the game.
- Paige Julich returned to the lineup after missing four games last weekend with an injury. She doubled, drove in one run and scored once. She also extended her hitting streak to 11 games.
- Julich has scored in her last three games.
- Jenna Cubello singled and drove in one run. She has now hit safely in six straight games and .
- Kylie Shivery singled to extend her hitting streak to six games. She also walked once.
- Lauren Klepchick, Madi Housel and Ali Summers each walked once. Klepchick also scored a run.
- Summers was hit by a pitch for the second time this season.
Stats of the Day
3 – All three of Rhode Island's runs were scored with two outs.
122 – It had been 122 games since the last time Rhode Island shut out an opponent, dating back to April 9, 2013 when the Rams blanked Brown in both ends of a doubleheader.
Rhode Island has two more games on Friday. It takes on Norfolk State at noon and then plays tonight at 7 p.m. against host Liberty on ESPN3.com.